Fun fact: Debbie Harry was 33 when "Heart of Glass" landed on the pop charts.
It's only shocking because today, most major stars have a handful of hits before they even turn 25. Take Chloe Chaidez, the frontwoman to L.A. electro-pop band Kitten; already, she's churning out the songs that you imagine being spun in between "Atomic" and "Call Me"…and she's only 17.
But despite her age, Chaidez has a firm grasp on the very bands that revolutionized the pop scene nearly a decade before she was born. In the music video for the synth-heavy "Japanese Eyes," Chaidez dances in a disco-ready dress ("It's Brian Lichtenberg--the director was able to pull it for me, I was so stoked," she told us) like Ronald Reagan was still the president. "We went into the process [of shooting the video] knowing we wanted it to be extremely stylized and resemble some of the elements of my favorite '80s videos." Those include "Who's That Girl?" by The Eurythmics, Billy Idol footage, and "some Blondie videos for reference as well."
it's a good fit for the song, which Chaidez describes as "one of the 'rockiest' songs off the EP [which came out last month]. It's a bit retro with some of its instrumentation, especially in the bass lines and keyboard pats, and I think the video also fits that vibe."
And it makes us wonder: If this is what she's putting out when she's just 17, what can we look forward to when she reaches 33? As we ponder that, watch our exclusive premiere of the music video below.
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS
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